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Wing sensation Conbeer progresses from Scarlets Academy 

Guinness PRO12 Rugby Editor

7 Feb 2017

Scarlets are pleased to announce that Wales Under 20s impressive try-scorer Ryan Conbeer progresses from the region’s Academy on to a development contract.

Hot on the heels of news that homegrown talent Will Boyde, Steff Evans and Dan Jones have signed new contracts with the Scarlets the region can today confirm that 18-year-old winger Conbeer has signed a development contract which will see him graduate from the region’s Academy this summer.

In what was a weekend to remember for the Narberth product Conbeer helped his Wales Under 20s side to a 5-27 victory over Italy, scoring a sensational solo try.

In addition to celebrating an important opening round Six Nations victory he celebrated his 18th birthday on Sunday.

Saundersfoot born Conbeer was handed his senior debut against Bath Rugby, in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in November, at only 17 years of age. His senior debut came on the back of impressive in the Principality Premiership with Llanelli RFC and in the British and Irish Cup campaign with Scarlets Premiership Select, scoring a try against Richmond RFC in the fifth round.

Conbeer’s development started with Tenby RFC under 9s, he progressed from under 13s to under 16s with Narberth RFC before being selected to represent the regional side at under 16s. He progressed to the under 18s side, was rewarded with a place in the region’s Academy, whilst also representing Coleg Sir Gâr.

Conbeer said: “This season has been a great learning curve for me from training with the senior squad, making my senior debut for the Scarlets, being named in the Under 20s squad and making my Six Nations debut on Friday night.

“I have already learned a lot in the time that I have been a part of the Scarlets and I look forward to having the opportunity next season to continue my development with the senior squad.

“Having grown up in West Wales playing for the Scarlets is something that I’ve always aspired to and hopefully I’ll have more opportunities in the future.”

Jon Daniels, Scarlets General Manager of Rugby, said; “Ryan made his Scarlets debut earlier this season, and at only 17 years of age he is one of the youngest to have represented the region.

“His talent has been clear to see from a very young age and his time within the Scarlets Academy has given Ryan an opportunity to concentrate on his holistic development alongside progressing his rugby career.”

“We may not have the player numbers of other nations but Ryan is another example of the talented players that exist within our rugby community here in Wales. Ryan has taken a big step forward this year but he knows as well as anybody that there’s a long journey ahead, however if he keeps working hard and progressing the way he has been he could be entertaining the Scarlets crowd for years to come.”